Sunday, August 26, 2018

Current SSA info on CFS

In this SSR, we explain that CFS, when accompanied by appropriate medical signs or laboratory findings, is an MDI that can be the basis for a finding of "disability." We also explain how we evaluate CFS claims.

At this time, we cannot identify specific laboratory findings that are widely accepted as being associated with CFS. However, the absence of a definitive test does not preclude our reliance upon certain laboratory findings to establish the existence of an MDI in people with CFS. 

Some people with CFS report ongoing problems with short-term memory, information processing, visual-spatial difficulties, comprehension, concentration, speech, word-finding, calculation, and other symptoms suggesting persistent neurocognitive impairment. When ongoing deficits in these areas have been documented by mental status examination or psychological testing, such findings may constitute medical signs or (in the case of psychological testing) laboratory findings that establish the presence of an MDI.



https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/rulings/di/01/SSR2014-01-di-01.html

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Is your low-fat diet causing weight gain and health problems?

Fat gives us energy, produces necessary hormones, insulates our bodies from cold, and makes cellular membranes. Fat provides the fuel for muscles, including those in vital organs like the heart. Unfortunately, fats have really gotten a bad reputation in our culture.
 
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Low-fat and low-calorie diets have been all the rage for at least a couple of decades.

Clever marketing specialists promise weight loss and improved health, but this ploy has contributed to things like fibromyalgia, heart disease, chronic fatigue, and type 2 diabetes.
Research out of The National Institute of Health has shown that even though our consumption of fat and cholesterol have declined over the last several years, there has actually been an average of a 10-pound weight gain per person in America.
To learn more about how a low fat diet could be contributing to your weight gain and health issues, CLICK HERE.
Dr. M

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

ERISA/Prudential must pay Disability for CFS

"Washington Post Science Reporter With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Must
Receive Disability Benefits, N.J. Court Decides"

<https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2018/06/06/washington-post-science-reporter-with-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-must-receive-disability-benefits-n-j-court-decides/?slreturn=20180604171838>

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On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 10:37 PM, Tom Kindlon wrote:
> The full ruling is here:
> <https://cases.justia.com/federal/district-courts/new-jersey/njdce/2:2015cv06197/323449/44/0.pdf?ts=1527932072>
>
> On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 10:31 PM, Tom Kindlon <tomkindlon@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Ex-Reporter Prevails In ERISA Suit Against Prudential
>>
>> By Adam Lidgett
>>
>> Law360 (June 1, 2018, 5:33 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge sided
>> with a former Washington Post science reporter with chronic fatigue
>> syndrome Thursday in his Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit
>> against Prudential Insurance Company of America, which had dropped his
>> short-term disability benefits and denied his bid for long-term ones.
>>
>> [..]
>>
>> Among other things, the judge said that none of the professionals
>> Prudential most relied on to review Vastag's records show they have
>> any expertise in CFS. She said the reviewers seemingly either weren't
>> aware of, or rejected, just how significant a major mark of the
>> disease is — post-exertional malaise.
>>
This condition, the judge said, means that people with CFS who try to force themselves to function actually make themselves worse in the process.
>>
>> <https://www.law360.com/articles/1049513/ex-reporter-prevails-in-erisa-suit-against-prudential->

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

PBS Audience Award: Vote for Unrest

We are thrilled to announce that Unrest is in the running for the 2017-18 Independent Lens Audience Award! It was an honor to have Unrest premiere on PBS | Independent Lens this past January and it would mean the world to us if we could count on your support for this award-- after all, this film was especially made to serve audiences like you.
Voting for the Audience Award opens today Monday, June 18th and ends on Friday, June, 29th, 2018 at 1 PM Pacific Standard Time. Cast your vote now!
VOTE NOW
If you found solace in watching Unrest, if you felt seen, if Unrest moved you or your friends, family, neighbors to greater understanding and empathy, please vote and encourage others to vote as well.
Winning this award would mean renewed interest in Unrest and therefore, further visibility for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Let's keep elevating ME every chance we get until the neglect and stigma are gone for good.
Let's make some noise for ME! Vote now!
 
Jen & The Unrest Team

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hot Areas in ME/CFS Research 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VprqU9knS4Y

Solve ME/CFS Initiative
Published on 29 May 2018

"Hot Areas in ME/CFS Research: 2018" presented by Anthony L. Komaroff,
MD, Simcox-Clifford-Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical
School and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital Anthony L.
Komaroff, MD, provides the latest installment of "Hot Areas In ME/CFS
Research: 2018".

With increased momentum in research over the past two years, this
webinar is a timely update to his popular presentation from our 2016
series that addressed current understanding of the role of various
systems – including the brain, energy metabolism, genes, and immune
system – in the pathophysiology of ME/CFS.